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New surface inspired by firefly could improve efficiency of LED lightbulbs

New surface inspired by firefly could improve efficiency of LED lightbulbs

In a new study, researchers found a new type of light-emitting diode lightbulb could one day light homes and reduce power bills. The LEDs made...
Big step toward powerful, rechargeable lithium metal batteries

Big step toward powerful, rechargeable lithium metal batteries

A new study published in Advanced Materials has shown that scientists have taken the next step to develop powerful, rechargeable lithium metal batteries. The new...
New tool compares costs and benefits of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies

New tool compares costs and benefits of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies

Many fleet managers are looking at alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies to reduce their environmental footprint and save money. The AFLEET Tool, and its newly launched web-based...
Better solar panels have record-breaking efficiency

Better solar panels have record-breaking efficiency

Recently, a startup company has shown that new residential solar panels deliver record-breaking efficiency. The startup, Insolight, develops solar panels that boast an impressive 29...
Copper and graphite combo may produce better lithium-ion batteries

Copper and graphite combo may produce better lithium-ion batteries

In a recent study, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory discovered a first-of-its-kind copper and graphite combination. The finding could have implications...
power grid energy storage

Scientists find low-cost energy storage solutions for wind, water, and solar energy

Renewable energy, such as solar, wind, and water energy, plays an important role in the future global energy supply. However, the availability of these...
solar sponge

Sponge boils water using sunlight: a new invention by MIT scientists

Harvesting solar energy as heat has many applications, such as power generation, residential water heating, desalination, distillation and wastewater treatment. However, the solar flux is...
solar cell

Scientists develop greener, inexpensive solar cells with mixed tin-lead perovaskites

Solar cells, or photovoltaic (PV) cells, are electrical devices that convert energy of sunlight in to electricity. Solar cells have been widely used in...
solar parking lots

Solar parking lots can charge electric vehicles

Renewable energy is seen as the major solution for the increasing electricity demand and environmental sustainability. In the transport sector, the most promising way...
electrical-connection-and-weaving-pattern-optimized-hybrid-textiles-new fabric

A new fabric that can harvest energy from sunshine and movement

Wearable electronics now play a more important role in our daily life. However, developing a lightweight, flexible, foldable wearable device that has sustainable power...